Why It’s Worth Paying Up for This Dividend Stock

I absolutely hate paying a premium—even for quality.

In fact, I’ve been known to wait years to buy something at just the right price, whether I’m stalking a rare book on eBay or scouring the stock market for a reliable dividend payer.

But when you’re investing for income, you don’t always have the luxury of time. After all, you can’t dine out on cash idling in your brokerage account unless you’re willing to burn through crucial savings.

That cash has to be productive. And every quarterly dividend you miss because you’re not invested is income that’s lost forever.

So sometimes you have to buy a stock at a reasonable price instead of waiting for it to hit the bargain bin.

Right now, there’s one high-quality stock that I’m watching closely.

It offers the same steady earnings and dividend growth that a utility does, even though it’s not a utility.

Shares of the stock currently yield 3.6% on a forward basis, and the company has grown its dividend by nearly 10% annually over the past three years.

Strong dividend growth comes courtesy of a high-margin business that generates incredible cash flows—free cash flows have averaged $852.7 million over the past three years.

Equally impressive: This company doesn’t carry any debt.

If that weren’t already enough, the company operates in a recession-resistant industry—earnings declined just 13% during the worst year of the Great Recession.

As you might imagine, a stock of this caliber isn’t exactly cheap. While it does trade at a premium to the market, it’s currently selling off hard.

The stock has dropped 11% from its recent high, and it’s rapidly approaching its long-term average valuation. Soon, I’ll be ready to pounce.

In Sunday’s Income Without Borders, I’ll tell you more about this company—and how we’ll know when it’s time to hit the “Buy” button.